"Peculiarly distinguished among the advance guard, where all were distinguished, must be recorded . . . Private J. W. Brown, of Company F, First Georgia Regiment, who, upon hearing the order to fall back, exclaimed, 'I will give them one more shot before I leave,' and while ramming down his twenty-ninth cartridge fell dead at his post." - General Henry R. Jackson in his report of the Battle of Greenbrier River.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Battlefield Preservation

I'd like to go just a little afield for my first actual post. As many of you know, David LeVan is trying to win approval to develop the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, located just south of the Gettysburg National Battlefield boundary, into a casino. I would like to extend my support and assistance to all who oppose this incursion into such a historically sensitive area. Eric J. Wittenburg, an attorney and Civil War author who blogs on "Rantings of a Civil War Historian" recently gave several good reasons for opposing the casino in an interview for the Civil War Preservation Trust. You can see the interview here. I urge everyone to add their voices in opposing this threat to one of our greatest national treasures.

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